Andy Shank, Street Director at SeedNet, reports that St. Antoine Bible Church in Detroit, Mich., had their first Sunday service recently. Below is a report and photos from the SeedNet blog. SeedNet is involved in planting churches in Spiritually, Emotionally, Economically, and Developmentally areas. Taking Detroit For Jesus! The church at St. Antoine had their first Sunday service and it was a success! 51 people gathered in th[...]
The following story was written by Kerith Ackley-Jelinek, publications director at Grace College. It was first published in the summer edition of Two Eight & Nine Magazine. Dr. Michael Harstine (BS 90), former Grace business professor, says he’d be hard pressed to identify three brighter Grace graduates than Kathy (McGee BA 86) Haddad, Polly (Cary BS 01) Teevan and Lauren (Zeltwanger BS 08) Endsley. They each have their ow[...]
Leadership training is one of the points of the Commitment to Common Mission: “We affirm that a leader is a person who influences others towards the fulfillment of defined objectives and is indispensable to the health and multiplication of the Church. “ Focus Retreats for Grace Brethren ministry leaders will look at leadership training in local churches as the lifespring of the Grace Brethren movement. How can a cu[...]
For over 50 years, the Château in St. Albain, France, has been used to host people, events, and most importantly gospel-centered conversations.Now the ministry is returning to its original purpose by focusing on creative outreach to the young people of France and all of Europe. A historic castle located in a small town, the Château serves as a bridge into the French community. The Château not only provides a venue for Christia[...]
I can’t imagine what was going through Aaron and Hur’s minds. They were charged with the task of holding up Moses’ arms to help Israel win the war. The significance always strikes me as odd, but I can’t imagine what was going through Aaron and Hur’s minds. Their countrymen and fellow desert sojourners were at the bottom of the hill fighting with all their might. But there Aaron and Hur are, holding their aging leader’s arms up[...]
Grace College is pleased to welcome Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, to campus on Wednesday, September 13. Corey will speak in chapel, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 601 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. The public is welcome to attend this free event. Corey is the author of “Love Kindness,” the summer read for Grace College’s 2017 freshman class. Prior to arriving on campus each fal[...]
GraceConnect heard from some of the Grace Brethren pastors in Florida this morning after Hurricane Irma came ashore south of Fort Myers and created a path through Orlando. Here are some of the updates. It’s Monday morning. At this point, everyone is reporting they’re ok. There have been some folks with roof damage and reported throughout the night having to deal with leaking roofs.There are only a few working traf[...]
An update on the health of Charlotte Poyner was sent by Dustin Zerwas, youth pastor at Gulfview Grace Brethren Church, Port Richey, Fla. Charlotte, the wife of Jim Poyner, longtime pastor of the church, and mother of Paul Poyner, current pastor of Gulfview Grace, has been hospitalized after collapsing last week due to a blood clot. Charlotte is off the ventilator and able to communicate (very soft and scratchy voice). She is a[...]
Sydney Abbott secured a spot in the NCCAA National Championships on Saturday for Grace College’s women’s golf team. The Lady Lancers finished second in the regional tournament behind Indiana Wesleyan, scoring 652 compared to 642 for IWU. While IWU earned the automatic bid as a team to NCCAA Nationals, Grace still has a chance as an at-large invitee and will find out in October. Abbott becomes the third Lady Lancer [...]
A member of the Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, is among those selected by the Ashland City Schools Foundation (ACSF) and members of the Distinguished Alumnus Award Committee be honored as members of the Ashland High School Distinguished Alumnus Award Class of 2017. Jane Roland, class of 1976, is among the inductees, which also includes Gaylord and Beulah Miller, class of 1943; and Jeff Snook, class of 1978. The announce[...]
Updated 9/11/17 GraceConnect checked in with Grace Brethren pastors in Florida today. Here are some updates and prayer requests. It’s been a blessing to have such a tight family in the midst of craziness. Every single person is accounted for between Suntree, OceanView & Gospel Life. All of our seniors are shackin’ up with church family or have left the area. All of our families have made all the proper preparat[...]
“We want to thank everyone from so many different churches for all prayers!,” says Pilar Forero, pastor’s wife at Valrico, Fla. “We are getting ready, we didn’t have the chance to leave Florida,” she adds, noting that I-75, the major interstate highway through Florida is packed. Iglesia Comunal La Esperanza in Valrico, Fla., where Pilar’s husband, Javier, is pastor, is working with mem[...]
Barb Wooler, director of Crisis Response for Encompass World Partners, has been on the ground in Houston, Tex., this week, evaluating where it is best for teams from Grace Brethren churches to serve. Below is her report, posted to encompasscrisisresponse.org. Even before the rains of Harvey have receded from the streets of Houston, Hurricane Irma is churning through the Caribbean and due to land in Florida by Sunday, September[...]
Gary and Jennie Underwood had nearly exhausted their list of options to secure a location for their church plant. Underwood began serving as Campus Pastor at the newly-formed Grace Church, Ellet Campus, in Akron, Ohio, in July of 2016, after serving as senior pastor at Delaware Grace (Delaware, Ohio), for nearly 12 years. After considering 11 locations in East Akron, they finally visited Springfield High School in southeast Ak[...]
An update on the health of Charlotte Poyner has been posted on the Gulfview Grace Brethren Church Facebook page. Charlotte, the wife of Jim Poyner, longtime pastor of Gulfview Grace Brethren Church, Port Richey, Fla, and mother of Paul Poyner, current pastor of Gulfview Grace, has been hospitalized after collapsing on Tuesday due to a blood clot. Update on Charlotte Poyner. Today, September 7, is a critical day. They have begu[...]
Grace College and Seminary welcomed 1,278 undergraduate students to its Winona Lake, Ind., campus this fall – the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Grace history. A growing number of students are choosing to pursue accelerated and blended degrees. Since 2011, Grace College has offered a three-year bachelor’s degree in all of its 70-plus majors. This year, nearly one-third of Grace undergraduates are on track to earn a[...]
Updated As Hurricane Irma churned its way across the Carribean, Grace Brethren congregations in Florida prepared in case the storm would make landfall on the peninsula. GraceConnect surveyed the pastors this morning as to how they are preparing for what has been labeled the largest hurricane in recorded history. Right now we have a team buying and distributing plywood for any who needs hurricane shutters, water is in good supp[...]
A coalition of local churches in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Church (FGBC) is coming together to serve alongside multiple churches in the affected region. While details are still coming together, we want to invite more leaders and churches to be introduced to the current plans and to participate in demonstrating the Good News. At this point, we can outline the following: A growing coalition comprised of 15+ FGBC church[...]
Prayer has been requested for Charlotte Poyner, wife of Jim Poyner, longtime pastor of Gulfview Grace Brethren Church, Port Richey, Fla, and mother of Paul Poyner, current pastor of Gulfview Grace. She has been hospitalized after collapsing due to a blood clot. Below is a message sent by Paul. I ask the team to pray for my mom. Yesterday ( September 5), she experienced a blood clot that caused her to lose consciousness and she[...]
Grace College’s cross country team will rely on a solid core of returners to lead a young squad in the 2017 season. The Lancers, led by head coach Jeff Raymond, will strive to improve on a historic 2016 season. Last year both the men’s and women’s team finished fifth at the NCCAA National Championships, resulting in the best men’s finish since 2002 and the women’s best since 1985. On the women’s team, Raymond expects the Lady [...]
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